Day 4 & Dodging Champagne

Postby Cabin on Mon 29/Oct/12 1:01am

Another choice as day in WA! 
We all made itto Cape Naturaliste today - dusty, tired and the legs well and truly toasted. I had a good ride crossing the line in 5th and securing 3rd place overall. Congratulations to Jenny Fay & Jodie Willet on their fine performances. They were flying!

Today's stage was always going to be a tough one for me as it is a fast and furious 67km mostly fireroad, rail trail and bitumen. I am no roadie, so the plan was to ride smart and strong. Right from the start the smack went down as the boys at the front had a real race on their hands. Lachie Norris was holding a 34 second lead over Andy Blair, and the others were fighting it out for pride and place on GC.


The front of the race.
I tried to hang tough with the main group early on but didn't have the power to hold wheels. Pretty quickly my legs were protesting and keeping in mind I had 2.5hrs of this ahead of me I reluctantly slid off the back of a couple of trains and found a happier pace. Working hard all the way I ticked off the km's and beamed a smile when I got to the last 5km called Brown Street. This is a sweet little network of trails in Dunsborough.
The 'pea gravel' surface is sketchy as and definately sent a few weary riders down in a heap. I was enjoying the A lines and turns that much I didn't really want to finish the race!

However all good things must come to an end and, it was a great way to finish a great race.

Just as enjoyable as the race is the post-race debrief hanging out chatting to themany riders from all places, particularly the ones you spent time with throughout the race grovelling on their back wheel or chasing down a single track. One special mention has to be for fellow kiwi Basil who at 70years old finished the race in great time and was looking fresh as a daisy after the race when I caught up with him - legend!

Then we had presentations with champagne! Check out the sequence from event photographer Travis Deane...


Jenny blasts Jodie





And I even stayed pretty dry! Fun times. 

I think everyone who raced will agree that every element of this race was a great success - full credit to all event staff, volunteers and organisers. It has been a wonderful 4-days!Cheers everyone! See you next year.

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Original Published: 12:57am Monday, 29th October 2012 - NZST
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Re: Day 4 & Dodging Champagne

Postby Dr. Fuentes on Mon 29/Oct/12 7:23am

Haha, nice one Nic! :thumbsup:
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Re: Day 4 & Dodging Champagne

Postby Klarkash-ton on Mon 29/Oct/12 7:59am

great report and photos!
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